uptempo wrote:Nelson, himself, set in motion a team culture of selfishness when he had extorted more money out of the team (where he became one of the highest paid coaches in the league) after his first season coaching this team during the Nelson II era.
Nelson, undermined not only team morale; he also undermined Mullin, the man who brought Nelson to this team out of exile. Yes, Mullin had hired Nelson as a desperate move; however, Nelson, showed no loyalty to a former player who had given him another chance and a job to be on the sidelines.
While Nelson should get credit for pushing the organization to trade away Dunleavy and Murphy for Harrington and Jackson, as well as coaching the team into the second round of the playoffs in his first season, Nelson should also be held responsible for not emphasizing defense, rebounding, and protecting possessions as well as for not developing his big men (Randolph, Biedrens, Ronnie T).
Even with his own hand-picked GM, Riley, Nelson has yet to develop a lineup which isn't physically overmatched. How can anyone argue that Nelson's small ball lineups would be more effective than developing Randolph and Biedrens? Also, how can anyone argue that Harrington was being utilized properly while under Nelson's tutelage? Harrington would come into camp in amazing shape and eager to play on the block, and Nelson would force Harrington to stand around the three point arc while on offense. That makes no sense at all!
Nelson was also greatly responsible for the Stephen Jackson implosion. Jackson, perhaps the best defensive player on the Warrior roster while he was with the team, was put into the position where it was encouraged for him to jack up as many shots as he could put up as well as break down his individual opponent off the dribble in Nelson's half-court offense.
Under Nelson's tutelage, did Biedrens ever develop an offensive game?
Under Nelson's tutelage, did Randolph show any signs of improving?
Under Nelson's tutelage, did Ellis ever develop into a player who could run his defensive opponent off of screens so that he could get an open half-court shot (like a Rip Hamilton or a Ray Allen)?
I will say that the organization has to take responsibility for not making the playoffs over the past two years; however, a big part of that responsibility rests solely upon the shoulders of Nelson. He destroyed the franchise during his first tenure here, and he is greatly responsible for the mess that the franchise currently finds itself in.
The new ownership needs to get rid of this guy as soon as possible.
Go hijack another thread with this nelson hate-fest. your response has ZERO to with this topic. I think you read another thread and posted about that.
How is this "hijack(ing) of the thread with a 'nelson hate-fest?'
The topic is about who is culpable for the Warriors not making the playoffs these past two seasons.
Most on this topic believe that Nelson bears much of the responsibility for the predicament that this franchise is currently in.
He, Nelson, is not the sole reason why the team has been in the lottery; however, he has not done much to improve the situation.
I had listed a few questions in my posting. Would you care to answer them?